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Monster Joystick for SMS
Post Posted: Wed Dec 30, 2020 6:08 pm
Last edited by otobo on Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:48 pm; edited 2 times in total
Hi all, there aren't many options when it comes to finding an arcade stick for your SMS, and I haven't seen these mentioned on this forum yet. I built 2 Mini Monster Joysticks during the Xmas holidays and thought I'd show them off here. I designed some cover art which would fit in well with a Master System. They include real arcade parts by Sanwa with various colour choices, there is another model with cheaper unbranded red ones but still with good quality.

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Post Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2020 5:11 am
These look great! Thinking of putting them up for sale?
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Post Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2020 10:56 am
I am interested in one if you are thinking on sell it
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Post Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:41 pm
Hey, thanks for your interest! One is for me and the other one is a retrogaming buddy's belated Xmas present, but I'll gladly share the cover file if you're fine with building yours ;)

I will post the link to the official website in the next post, as this is my third one!
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Post Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:44 pm
Here you go:

Sticks:
https://monsterjoysticks.com/retro-gaming-joystick-kits/8-16bit-retro-joystick-k...

Transparent covers:
https://monsterjoysticks.com/artwork-cover-for-mini-monster-kit
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Post Posted: Fri Jan 01, 2021 12:58 am
Wow, well done! They actually look much better than the Control Stick.
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Post Posted: Fri Jan 01, 2021 7:51 am
These look gorgeous!

I don't know why I've never thought of making better quality controllers before using quality switches.
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Post Posted: Fri Jan 01, 2021 3:15 pm
Yes I never found the Control Stick looked very appealing either. Plus watching CGR's review on it, I realised it was about the size of a Mega Drive pad XD

The other two I know of are the QuickShot and Ascii, but I think that's it...? Plus Mega Drive sticks.
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Post Posted: Fri Jan 01, 2021 4:53 pm
they're very nice! congrats! :)
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Post Posted: Fri Jan 01, 2021 6:11 pm
Are you willing to share the artwork you used?

These could be a good replacement for the Micomsoft XE1-ST, which is probably the best stick I’ve used. Unlike the Micomsoft stick, you can’t easily rotate the gate from an 8-position to a 4-position (which makes games like Wonder Boy in Monster Land and Ms. Pac-Man and Bank Panic so much nicer to play), but I’ve confirmed that the gate can be rotated on the Monster Joystick by opening the case up.
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Post Posted: Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:50 pm
Oh, I didn't know that one!

Here's my cover file. A PDF template is also provided on their site.

Happy New Year!
SMS-Decal-Cover.png (156.9 KB)
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Post Posted: Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:37 pm
Thanks for the graphics! What material did you print them on?
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Post Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2021 10:38 am
I went to a print shop and asked for a couple of prints on a paper thick enough not to go wrinkly with the ink (or ambient humidity within a couple of years), and they offered one which was not only thick but also a bit glossy, so I guess less spongey as well.

And as all their printing this size was done on laser printers anyway, there was no ink humidity problem. However the red came out a bit too dark for my taste, so if you're going to print it in a shop, it's probably better to have a test print on normal paper to adjust the colour first.
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